Working from home is amazing – but sometimes, you just need to be around other human beings. Enter: co-working spaces. They’re popping up everywhere, and catering to freelancers, start-ups, and all sorts of entrepreneurs. Most of them have flexible memberships too, so you can bounce around when you want a change of scenery.
These are a few of my favourite co-working spaces around the world…
If you’re always popping out for meetings, this co-working space in the Sydney CBD is perfect. It’s also beautiful, with wall plants, colourful furniture (I have my eye on the emerald couch) and floor-to-ceiling windows that let allll the natural light pour in. There are meeting rooms, quiet zones for those days when you need to put your head down and get shit done, and breakout areas for people to mix and mingle. The balcony overlooks the city and beats the Ivy for Friday happy hour.
The Treehouse at Sun Studios
With timber furniture and plants creeping up the walls, this office really does look like a treehouse. Tucked inside a 1930s woolshed, it was designed by creatives, for creatives – so if you’re in photography, TV or video production, you’ll be right at home. The Treehouse has two levels of workspaces and meeting rooms, plus a dedicated editing studio. Warning: The Grounds is just down the street, so say goodbye to your $$$.
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Do you get bored easily? Sign up to TwoSpace. The concept is so clever: the team turns hotels, restaurants and bars that aren’t open or busy during the day into co-working spaces. Once you’re in the network, you can flip open your laptop all around Sydney and Melbourne, as well as Singapore and Hong Kong. In Sydney, you can hunch down in hotspots like Neighbourhood (Bondi), Havana Beach (Manly), and Casoni (Darlinghurst). When you’re meeting clients, invite them to the insta-worthy Ovolo 1888 hotel in Pyrmont.
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Hub Sydney Darlinghurst
A hop, skip and a jump from the city, this co-working space is cheap and chill. It has all the usual amenities (such as showers, printers and free ‘refreshments’), and some that you never knew you needed – like hammocks, nap pods, and a ping-pong table. Everyone’s more productive after an aggressive game of table tennis, right? Building a business can be stressful, so the meditation space is a nice touch. Hub also hosts cool events and workshops throughout the year, and they offer everything from day passes to private offices.
WeWork West Broadway
The OG co-working space, WeWork is on the exxy side, but they basically have an office on every block – which is very handy in NYC. They’re beautifully designed (and kept that way with daily cleaning services), and there are a bunch of memberships on offer, from communal tables to private offices. The best thing about WeWork is the network. Chances are, you’ll be working next to a start-up that’s about to blow up, or going to events that will put you in front of the right people. My favourite location is West Broadway, mainly because the forest wallpaper makes me feel like I’m not living in a concrete jungle!
The Farm SoHo
I love the story behind this spot. The founders went to a farm in Missouri, and transported parts of a barn to NYC to create the office. So, while the loft is located smack-bang in the middle of Soho, it looks like a warm, rustic escape. And weirdly, you do feel more inspired when you’re sitting at a long timber table, staring at the bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling. Anyway, design aside, The Farm has conference rooms, projectors, private phone booths, a fully-stocked kitchen, and a ‘treehouse hideaway’ (sensing a pattern here?).
The Yard Flatiron North
Full disclaimer: the #1 reason why I like this co-working space is because it’s around the corner from my apartment. The #2 reason is that it’s SPACIOUS. In this city, everyone’s on top of each other, so it’s lovely to walk into The Yard, which is spread across four floors and overlooks 5th Avenue. The industrial-style office is beautiful and bright, and day passes are just $35. The Yard Lower East Side is worth checking out, too. Hello, rooftop!
You’ve probably seen this millennial pink space on Instagram. As you might have guessed, The Wing is a women’s-only workspace that promotes community and professional development. There are three locations in NYC (Flatiron, SoHo and Dumbo), all of which have open-plan and private spaces, plus amenities a gal appreciates – like blow-dry stations and beauty freebies. The perks don’t stop there: boss ladies like Hillary Clinton are known to pop in.
Let’s be real. Being a ~professional~ can be bloody tiring. With a bunch of locations in London, Uncommon helps its members get a pep in their step with co-working spaces that are specifically designed with health in mind. It’s the most zen office ever, with lush greenery (including olive trees), chill playlists and furniture that improves your posture while you work. There’s a rooftop and smoothie bar on-site, along with meeting rooms, phone booths and ‘creative labs’ for brainstorming. It sounds a little woo-woo, but it’s seriously beautiful and I’m here for it!
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Central Working Victoria
This co-working space is a start-up’s dream. There are seven locations dotted around London, and they’re equally cool. But Central Working sets itself apart with its emphasis on collaboration. The founders believe that networking is key to a start-up’s success – and they’ll give you your money back if you don’t make a ‘meaningful connection’ in the first 30 days. They also run problem-solving and training events to help you get your biz to the next level. Awesome, huh? The Victoria office is my favourite. It has flexible work areas, chill-out rooms, and an auditorium to host events and guest speakers.
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